Stewardship Thoughts - July 18/19

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today’s Gospel from the evangelist St. Matthew, Jesus tells the crowd a parable describing the reign of God: The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. At night, while everyone was asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat. In this parable, the master allows the wheat and weeds to mature together, but will separate them at harvest time. We are encouraged to consider daily what we are doing to gain eternal life. Do we seek holiness by opening the door of our hearts to God’s grace, strengthening our souls against darkness? One way to counteract evil is through the prayer of St. Michael, which invites the intercession of this powerful archangel who battles with us against darkness. Attend Sunday Mass and partake in Holy Communion to further our quest to holiness and to purify our lives for eternal glory. In addition, for your sanctification, read Matthew Kelly’s book, The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity, to put into practice acts that become “Holy Moments.”